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Nikon D500 (no lens included)

20.9-megapixel DSLR camera with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®

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Overview

Our take on the Nikon D500 (no lens included)

The D500 shares many features with Nikon's flagship FX-format D5, but in a lighter, more travel-friendly package. Need a camera that can go with you everywhere but don't want to sacrifice image quality for a smaller form factor? Take a look at what the D500 can do for you.

Nikon D500 top-panel LCD

The Nikon D500 has an illuminated top-panel LCD screen and buttons for easy access and viewing of settings.

Serious photo power in a small camera body

The D500 shares many features with Nikon's flagship FX-format D5, but in a lighter, more travel-friendly package. Need a camera that can go with you everywhere but don't want to sacrifice image quality for a smaller form factor? Take a look at what the D500 can do for you.

Exceptional performance and speed

A 20.9-megapixel sensor and Nikon's latest EXPEED 5 processor combine to make the D500 one of Nikon's most responsive cameras ever. Perfect for wildlife, sports, or any fast action, the camera's quick shutter response and autofocus system with 3D tracking allow for a high-speed frame rate of ten frames per second with full-time autofocus and exposure metering. A large buffer capacity means you can get up to 200 frames of continuous shooting in a single burst — enough to cover a short race from start to finish.

A capable low-light shooter

The combined power of the D500's sensor and processor enables a range of ISO settings from 100 all the way up to 51,200. The camera's advanced noise reduction capabilities ensure sharp, clear images even at higher ISO settings. The D500's impressive 153-point autofocus system (with 55 selectable focus points) is capable of acquiring focus in very low light (down to EV -4), so next time you're out walking in dense woods on an overcast day and you have an unexpected wildlife encounter, you can actually take the shot with confidence.

4K movies bring your vision to life in stunning Ultra High Definition

This is Nikon's first DX-format DSLR with 4K video recording capabilities. It also lets you create 4K time-lapse movies in-camera from consecutive still shots. The D500 records 4K movies at rates of up to 30 frames per second, with an angle of view of approximately 1.5X the focal length of the lens attached to the camera. (If you're using a 24mm lens, for example, the effective focal length will be 36mm in 4K movie mode.)

Get more out of your lenses

Two image area options are available for recording in HD (720p) or Full HD (1080p), giving you a choice of perspectives. The DX-based format uses the entire sensor for the widest field of view, and 1920x1080 crop movie format increases the lens's effective focal length by around 3X, for a smaller recording area.

Next-level movie features

The D500 has plenty of features to make videographers take notice. Nikon's Flat Picture Control lets you shoot with post-processing in mind. You can record video straight to the camera's memory cards, or to an external recorder via the camera's HDMI output. A dedicated power aperture button gives you smooth exposure transitions when moving from bright to dark areas, and Auto ISO works to maintain consistent brightness in changing light. Whether you use the D500's built-in stereo mic or connect an optional external microphone, audio levels can be adjusted in 20 increments. A headphone jack lets you monitor audio recording at 30 different volume levels.

Creative lighting with fewer limits

To us, the arrival of Nikon's new radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting System looks like the start of something big — wireless flash control that's not dependent on line-of-sight. The near-total flash placement freedom of a radio control system gives you more creative lighting options than ever. The D500 is Nikon's first APS-C sensor DSLR to incorporate control for this system. Add one or more of the new SB-5000 Speedlight flash units, along with the WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (not included), and you'll be able to control up to six groups of flashes from anywhere at all within 98 feet, even from another room.

Product Highlights:

  • 20.9-megapixel effective recording
  • Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor (15.7mm x 23.5 mm)
  • 4K video recording up to 30 frames per second
  • 3.2" high-resolution (2,359,000 dot) LCD touchscreen with brightness adjustment and 170-degree wide viewing angle (touch for playback only)
  • bright, eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with built-in diopter adjustment
  • durable magnesium alloy body is well-sealed against dust, electromagnetic interference, and moisture
  • back-illuminated controls make adjustments easy in low light
  • Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with dedicated processor has 153 focus points (55 selectable) and 99 cross-type sensors
    • all 153 focus points are compatible with AF Nikkor lenses f/5.6 or faster
    • 15 central focus points (9 selectable) work with effective aperture of f/8
  • 7 autofocus area modes for different subjects and conditions
    • 3D Focus Tracking for accurate, high-speed focusing
    • Group-area autofocus mode links 5 autofocus sensors together as a single focus point for better tracking of small, fast-moving subjects
  • focus can be locked by pressing shutter release button halfway
  • Nikon EXPEED 5 image processor optimized for high data-rate images, longer battery life, and 4K Ultra HD video
  • two live view shooting modes: Photography Live View and Movie Live View add use-specific flexibility
  • Virtual Horizon indicator for composing level photos, no matter the camera's orientation
  • Active D-Lighting (with auto setting mode) and D-Lighting bracketing for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • interval timer with exposure smoothing for more even looking time lapse movies in up to 4K resolution (up to 9999 frames shot within 1 week of one another)
  • compatible with Nikon's new radio controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting System
    • requires SB-5000 Speedlight, WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter, and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (sold separately)
Compatible Lenses:
  • fully compatible with all DX and FX format AF-S or AF lenses
  • metering with AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • shutter speed range: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb, time
  • flash sync up to 1/250 second, synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower
  • continuous high-speed shooting up to 10 frames per second with full autofocus and metering for each frame
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 100-51,200
  • six expanded ISO settings: Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 102,400), Hi-2 (ISO 204,800), Hi-3 (ISO 409,600), Hi-4 (ISO 892,200), Hi-5 (ISO 1,640,000)
  • ISO Auto control when shooting video in manual exposure mode
File Formats and Storage:
  • records images as NEF (RAW) (12-bit or 14-bit uncompressed, lossless compressed, or compressed, large, medium, or small), TIFF (RGB), or JPEG (fine, normal, or basic compression)
  • maximum image size: 5,568 x 3,712
Video Formats:
  • 4K UHD (30, 25, 24 frames per second)
    • Shoots 4K video with approximately 1.5X image area
  • Full HD 1080p (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 frames per second)
  • HD 720p (60, 50, frames per second)
    • 2 image area options add versatility to Full HD and HD recording
  • can record video directly to optional external recorders
  • dual media slots accept SD and XQD memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • HDMI output (Type C mini connector)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for instant sharing (for compatible iOS® and Android™ devices only — must have Nikon SnapBridge app installed on device)
    • NFC touch pairing for instant sharing via compatible Android devices
  • 3.5mm headphone and stereo microphone jack
  • 10-pin remote terminal
  • 5-3/16"W x 4-9/16"H x 3-1/4"D (without lens)
  • weight (with battery and media): 26.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable EN-EL15 lithium ion battery
  • MH-25a battery charger
  • viewfinder eyepiece
  • UC-E22 USB cable with cable clip
  • neck strap
  • body cap
  • HDMI cable clip

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera body (black)
  • BF-1B body cap (installed)
  • DK-17F Viewfinder eyepiece (installed)
  • EN-EL15 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery with plastic terminal cap (7.0V 1900mAh 14Wh)
  • MH-25a Battery Charger (DC output: 8.4V 1.2A)
  • US 2-prong power plug adapter
  • 39" UC-E22 USB 3.0 Micro-B cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B 3.0 on other end)
  • USB clip
  • HDMI clip
  • Neck strap
  • User's Manual (Eng)
  • User's Manual (Span)
  • Warranty Programs sheet (camera)

I replaced my D90 with this and I love it! It takes great photos, focuses fast and is relatively user friendly coming from the D90. I considered the D750 but went with this to stay with my 18-200 DX Zoom. Glad I did.

Cathy, Troy, VA

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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent None included
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
XQD Memory Card
Image
Sensor Size APS-C
Megapixels 20.9
Image Stabilization With optional lens
Highest Resolution 5568 x 3712
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Dimensions
Width (inches) 6-1/16
Height (inches) 4-5/8
Depth (inches) 3-3/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 30.4
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Recording Features
Playback, Editing And Printing Functions
Connections
Battery Information
Downloadable Software

Recording Features

Overview: The Nikon D500 is the new flagship model in the Nikon DX-format DSLR lineup. The camera includes an EN-EL15 rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and a battery charger. No lenses are included in the "body only" kit.

Compatible Lenses: The D500 has the standard Nikon F mount, which includes AF coupling and AF contacts. It is compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, D, and DX lenses. Because the camera has a DX-format image sensor, it provides an angle of view equivalent to that of a lens with approximately 1.5x longer focal length. The DX system delivers some specific benefits for telephoto shooting compared to full-frame cameras, by using smaller and lighter lenses to reach longer focal lengths.

LCD Monitor: The D500 has a 3.2" TFT LCD touchscreen monitor featuring approximately 2,359,000 dots, a 170-degree viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, and adjustable brightness (-5 to +5). The touch-sensitive monitor lets you maneuver through the menus using touch, slide, stretch, and pinch motions. During Live View, you can take photos by touching the screen (Touch Shutter).

Live View: The camera features Live View, which allows you to frame your photographs and movies in the monitor instead of the viewfinder. When the Live View button is pressed, the mirror is raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show such items as auto focus mode, AF-area mode, focus point, and exposure indicator. You can opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.

Optical Viewfinder: The D500 uses a fixed eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without glasses). The viewfinder's coverage area is approximately 100% horizontal and vertical in DX mode; 98% in 1.3x mode. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you should close the viewfinder shutter to cover the eyepiece. Optional corrective diopter-adjustment viewfinder lenses are available from Nikon to replace the supplied DK-17F viewfinder eyepiece.

Image Sensor: The D500 features a Nikon DX-format 23.5mm x 15.7mm CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 21.51 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 20.9 million. The camera is equipped with the EXPEED 5 processor which gives you superior image quality, 4K movie recording, continuous shooting up to 10 fps, and very high sensitivity (up to ISO 51200, expandable to ISO 1640000 equivalent).

Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be set to turn the auto cleaning function off. The Dust Reduction System also includes Image Dust Off, which allows the camera to acquire reference data to be used with the Image Dust Off application in the optional Capture NX-D software.

Recording Media: The camera records images on high-capacity XQD memory cards and SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, including SDHC/SDXC cards compliant with UHS-II. SD cards rated Class 3 or better are recommended for movie recording. No memory cards are included with the camera.

Dual Media Slots: The D500 has two slots, one for SD media, and the other for XQD cards. When both types of memory cards are inserted in the camera, you can choose one as the primary card in the photo shooting menu. The roles for the primary and secondary card slots can also be chosen in the menu, such as Overflow, Backup, and Raw primary/JPEG secondary.

SnapBridge: SnapBridge is a new wireless connection innovation from Nikon that lets you transfer photos, even while shooting, upload photos to the Nikon Image Space cloud service, and remotely control the camera from your smartphone. SnapBridge utilizes a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection between the camera and the smart device. Devices with Near-Field Communication (NFC) can launch the SnapBridge app by touching the device to the camera's N-mark (on the right side). A one-time setup is required to register the camera with the app, and thereafter, an automatic connection is made between the two devices. SnapBridge will let you imprint up to two pieces of credit information, such as copyright, comments, text, or logos, onto your pictures. You can receive firmware updates for your camera, and update the camera's date, time, and location info through your smart device. The SnapBridge app is currently available for Android (5.0 and up) on Google Play, and for iOS (6.0.1 or later) on the iTunes App Store.

Built-in Wi-Fi: In addition to SnapBridge, the D500 has built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect the camera with your smartphone or tablet. Through the wireless connection (IEEE 802.11b/g), you can upload photos and videos from your camera to your device. It is recommended that a Wi-Fi connection is used for large volume uploads. Once you have loaded the images to your smartphone, you can share them via email, texts, or social networking sites.

Still Image Formats: The D500 records JPEG still images in three sizes: Large, Medium, and Small. Image Quality can be set to Fine (1:4 compression), Normal (1:8), or Basic (1:16). You can record still images in the following resolutions:

  Large Medium Small
DX (24 x 16) 5568 x 3712 4176 x 2784 2784 x 1856
1.3x (18 x 12) 4272 x 2848 3200 x 2136 2128 x 1424
DX (24 x 16)
Movie Live View
5568 x 3128 4176 x 2344 2784 x 1560
1.3x (18 x 12)
Movie Live View
4272 x 2400 3200 x 1800 2128 x 1192

NEF (RAW) Shooting: The camera captures raw image data from the image sensor and stores them in NEF (RAW) format. You can "process" the RAW images into JPEG images in the Retouch Menu, and adjust the image size, quality, white balance, color space, D-Lighting, and other parameters. You can also create JPEG copies of NEF (RAW) images using optional Capture NX-D software. If desired, you can save a JPEG copy of the image in Fine, Normal, or Basic image quality, along with the RAW image. You can choose the type of compression for NEF (RAW) images:

  • 14-bit NEF (RAW) Images: Images are recorded at a bit-depth of 14 bits, producing large files with increased color data.
  • 12-bit NEF (RAW) Images: Images are recorded at a bit-depth of 12 bits. You can choose from the following options:
    • Lossless Compressed: Images are compressed using a reversible algorithm, reducing the file size by about 20-40% with no effect on image quality.
    • Compressed: Images are compressed using a non-reversible algorithm, reducing the file size by about 35-55% with almost no effect on image quality.
    • Uncompressed: Images are not compressed.

Movie Recording: The D500 records 4K UHD and Full High Definition movies in 16:9 aspect ratio. Movies are recorded in MOV file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Linear PCM audio, recorded by the built-in or an external stereo microphone. Movies can be recorded in the following frame sizes and rates:

Movie Quality Frame Size/Rate Max. Bit Rate
4K 3840 x 2160; 30p 144 Mbps
High Quality only
3840 x 2160; 25p
3840 x 2160; 30p
Full HD 1920 x 1080; 60p 48 Mbps High Quality
24 Mbps Normal Quality
1920 x 1080; 50p
1920 x 1080; 30p 24 Mbps High Quality
12 Mbps Normal Quality
1920 x 1080; 25p
1920 x 1080; 24p
HD 1280 x 720; 60p
1280 x 720; 50p
Note: Each movie will be recorded to a maximum length of up to 29 min 59 sec, or up to 4 GB file size.

Time Lapse Movies: You can record a series of still images at set intervals and create beautiful 4K UHD or Full HD time-lapse movies. Exposure smoothing  reduces unwanted flicker effects by automatically decreasing the slight exposure variance between the current and preceding frame when shooting with an auto exposure mode such as aperture-priority. You can choose the interval between frames, and the total shooting times (up to 7 hours 59 minutes). Up to 9,999 total shots can be recorded. The maximum duration of 4K UHD time-lapse photography is 3 minutes.

Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System: The Nikon D500's new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system provides 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type points, and 15 sensors that support f/8. This is 3 times the number of autofocus points found in the D300S and D7200. There are 55 AF points (35 cross-type, and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection.

Focus Modes: The D500 lets you choose from the following autofocus and manual focus modes: Single-servo (AF-S), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Full-time Servo (AF-F) (Live View only), Face Priority AF (Live View and D-Movie only), and Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder.

AF-Area Modes: The D500 offers a choice of focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
  • Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually. The number of focus points varies with the mode selected: 25, 72, or 153-point dynamic area AF.
  • 3D-Tracking: In AF-C focus mode, you select the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has focused, the camera selects new focus points and keep focus locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.
  • Group-Area AF: The camera focuses using a group of user-selected focus points. This reduces the risk of the camera focusing on the background, instead of on the main subject.
  • Auto-Area AF: The camera automatically detects the subject and selects the focus point.

Note: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, and Subject-tracking AF can be selected during Live View.

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10".

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of the focus points in the final composition.

Release Modes: The camera can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an optional remote control. Using the Release-Mode Dial on the top left of the camera, you can choose from the following Release Modes:

  • Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed
  • Continuous Low Speed: The camera records photographs up to 1-9 fps while the shutter release button is held down.
  • Continuous High Speed: While the shutter release button is held down, the camera records up to 10 fps. This includes up to 200 shots in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW.
  • Quiet Shutter Release: The camera takes a single photograph, as in Single Frame mode, except that the mirror does not click back into place while the shutter-release button is fully pressed. In addition, the beep does not sound during focusing.
  • Quiet Continuous Shutter Release: Camera records up to 3 frames per second with reduced noise while shutter release is held down.
  • Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits. You can set the delay time to 20, 10, 5, or 2 seconds. Self-timer continuous lets you take 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds.
  • Mirror Up: This mode helps minimize camera shake by raising the mirror prior to the shot being taken. Use of a tripod is recommended.

Metering: The D500 uses TTL exposure metering using a 180,000-pixel RGB sensor with three methods: Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot, and Highlight-weighted metering. You can choose from the following Metering Modes to determine how the camera sets exposure:

  • Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations. Camera uses 180K-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II, which does not include 3D range information.
  • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to center area. The diameter of the circle can be set to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm.
  • Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only inside a 3.5mm circle. This ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is much brighter or darker.
  • Highlight-weighted: The camera assigns the greatest weight to highlights to reduce loss of detail in the highlights, such as photographing performers in the spotlight on stage.

Exposure Modes: The Nikon D500 offers a choice of exposure modes:

  • Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
  • Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal aperture.
  • Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal shutter speed.
  • Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. There are three Auto WB settings: "Keep White" reduces warm colors so the whites appear white, even under a reddish light source, "Normal" reproduces the original colors of the subject, or "Keep Warm Lighting Colors" preserves the warm tint that is found under incandescent lighting. Other available white balance presets include: Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 settings), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Color Temperature, and Preset Manual. You can fine-tune the white balance along the amber-blue axis in steps of 0.5 EV, and the green-magenta axis in steps of 0.25 EV.

Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot, "bracketing" the current value. You can choose the number of shots (2, 3, 5, 7, or 9), and the increment (1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV). The order of the bracketing is predetermined. For exposure increments of 2 EV or more, the maximum number of shots is 5.

ISO Sensitivity: When lighting is poor, the Auto ISO Sensitivity will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 51200. Auto ISO Sensitivity Control will automatically be adjusted if optimal exposure cannot be achieved at the value selected by the user. The sensitivity is also adjusted when the flash is used. A maximum value for Auto ISO can be selected. You can also manually select from ISO settings 100 to 51200, with incremental steps of 1/3 EV. For special low light situations, you can choose Hi 0.3 through Hi 5, which correspond to ISO sensitivity equivalents 0.3 to 5 EV over ISO 51200 (ISO 64000 to ISO 1640000 equivalents). For special bright lighting, you can select Lo 0.3 through Lo 1, equivalent to ISO 80 to ISO 50.

Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.

Flash: The D500 has no built-in flash. The camera has an accessory shoe for mounting optional SB-series Speedlights. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can be used with CLS-compatible flash units, such as SB-5000, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-500, SB-400, and SB-300. Supported flash modes include: Front-curtain Sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync, Rear-curtain Sync, and Off.

Remote Flash Photography: The D500 can control remotely-mounted flash units for off-camera lighting (Advanced Wireless Lighting). There are two types of flash control: Optical AWL uses optical signals (low-intensity flash pulses) from the master flash to remote flash units; With Radio AWL, remote flash units are controlled by radio signals emitted by a WR-R10 wireless remote controller or a compatible flash unit.

Flash Exposure Compensation: Flash exposure compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3 EV.

Virtual Horizon: The camera can display a virtual horizon based on information from the camera tilt sensor. This can be displayed in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor in Live View.

Picture Controls: You can choose from the following image enhancement options:

  • Standard: Standard processing for balanced results--recommended for most situations.
  • Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
  • Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
  • Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
  • Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture and rounded feel
  • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes
  • Flat: details preserved over a wide tone range, from highlights to shadows

Optional GPS: The optional GP-1 and GP-1a GPS units (sold separately) can be connected to the camera's accessory terminal to allow information on the camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken.

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from one of 36 languages for display of the camera menus and messages including English, French and Spanish.

Playback, Editing And Printing Functions

Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated counter-clockwise).

Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.

Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting. If Image Review is turned off, pictures can only be displayed by pressing the playback button.

Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or 72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.

Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval at 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image using buttons on the rear panel or with touch controls (stretch and pinch gestures). You can zoom in up to 21x for large images, up to 16x for medium images, and up to 10x for small images (based on 24 x 16 DX format setting). Once the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

Retouch Menu: These options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options:

  • NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of NEF (RAW) photographs.
  • Trim: Create cropped copies of existing photos. You can change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9. Each copy is saved as a separate file.
  • Resize: You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file.
  • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects.
  • Red-eye Correction: Correct "red-eye" caused by flash.
  • Straighten: You can create a straightened copy of an image. You can rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise up to 5 degrees in increments of 0.25 degrees.
  • Distortion Control: Create copies with reduced peripheral distortion (barrel distortion or pin-cushion distortion).
  • Perspective Control: Copies can be created that reduce the effects of perspective taken from the base of a tall object.
  • Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter effects. You can choose from one of the following:
    • Skylight: Creates the effect of a skylight filter, giving the copy a "cold" blue cast.
    • Warm Filter: Creates a copy with warm tone filter effects, giving the copy "warm" red cast.
  • Monochrome: Copy pictures in the Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype colors.
  • Image Overlay: Combine two RAW photographs to create a single picture
  • Edit Movie: You can trim footage to create edited copies of movies or save selected frames as JPEG stills.
  • Side-by-Side Comparison: You can compare retouched copies to the original photographs.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Connections

SuperSpeed USB Connection: The Nikon D500 utilizes a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection for interfacing with your computer, using the supplied UC-E22 USB cable.

HDMI: For playing back High Definition movies and high resolution still images on an HDTV, you can connect the camera via an optional HDMI cable. A Type C mini-HDMI cable is required.

Cable Clips: Plastic clips are provided for the USB 3.0 and HDMI terminals to hold the cables in place. The clips snap into place on the side of the camera, and hold the cables at an angle to prevent the USB or HDMI cables from accidentally becoming disconnected.

Microphone Input: The camera features a 3.5mm minijack for connecting an external microphone, such as the Nikon ME-1 stereo microphone. Using an external mic improves the recorded audio for movies, and reduces noise caused by lens vibration being recorded during autofocus. You can adjust the sensitivity of the microphone (built-in or external) in the menu.

Headphone Output: A dedicated 3.5mm minijack is provided for connecting a pair of headphones to monitor the audio during recording or playback. You can adjust the headphone volume in the menu.

Flash Sync Terminal: A standard flash sync terminal is provided for connecting a flash unit that is not attached to the camera's accessory shoe.

10-pin Remote Terminal: The D500 has a proprietary 10-pin input for connecting optional accessories, such as the GP-1a GPS unit, various Nikon Remote Release Cords, or the WR-A10 Wireless Remote Controllers.

Battery Information

Li-ion Battery Pack: The D500 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (EN-EL15), with the capacity of approximately 1240 shots per charge (based on the CIPA standard).

Battery Charger: The camera comes with the MH-25a Battery Charger for charging the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-25a will charge the EN-EL15 battery pack in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes. The MH-25a comes with an AC wall adapter which can plug into the charger.

Multi-power Battery Pack: The optional MB-D17 multi-power battery pack (sold separately) can hold one EN-EL15 (or EN-EL18a) Li-Ion battery or 8 AA alkaline, NiMH, or lithium batteries. It is also equipped with a shutter release button and Fn button for easier operation when taking pictures in the portrait (tall) orientation.

Note: With an EN-EL18a battery installed in the MB-D17, the estimated battery life is 2510 shots. With 8 AA alkaline batteries installed in the multi-power battery pack, the battery life is approximately 1140 shots.

Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5B AC adapter and optional EP-5B power connector are recommended for extended playback.

Downloadable Software

ViewNX-i: The D5000 does not include software for organizing your photos. The following Nikon software can be downloaded from the Nikon website:

  • ViewNX-i: to download pictures from the camera to the computer
  • Capture NX-D: for fine-tuning pictures that have been copied to a computer, and convert NEF (RAW) images to other formats
  • Camera Control Pro 2: enables simplified remote control of camera functions from a personal computer, with advanced features, such as interval timer capture, manual focus, RGB histogram, and movie recording with AF selection
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility: creates wireless profiles for wireless transfer to Mac and Windows systems
  • Picture Control Utility 2: for adjusting and managing Picture Controls, including using NEF (RAW) images

System Requirements: The ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D software will work with the following operating systems:

  • Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Mac: OS X 10.11.5, 10.10.5, 10.9.5

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Wanted the best DX format camera on the market today. [ Warren  Jun 13, 2018 ]
I am moving to the D500 from years with the D300 and most recently the D7100. The D7100 does not have the buffer space required for wildlife and bird photography, but I wanted to stick with the DX format. The "flagship" D500 should fit the bill nicely. [ Ron  Mar 27, 2018 ]
Upgrading from Nikon D7100 [ Amanda  Feb 15, 2018 ]
Best camera for wildlife action and sports. [ David Lopez  Dec 28, 2017 ]
Online reviews were positive for wildlife photography [ Don  Sep 05, 2017 ]
Had excellent reviews everywhere I looked and I wanted an upgrade to my Nikon D300 (which has also been an excellent camera). I have been using it for 9 months now and it is by far the best DSLR I have ever used! Auto-focus is just amazing! Everything about it is just top notch. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. Love this camera! If you are a beginner this is a pretty complicated camera, especially all the options for the auto-focus system. In a word though... FANTASTIC! [ John  May 26, 2017 ]
Excellent Nikon camera. Get it! [ Wayne  Mar 29, 2017 ]

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I don't know about the Macbook but I do know that on my PC running Windows 7 and Lightroom 5.7 I did have a problem reading NEF files. The solution was to download and install Adobe DNG Converter. Since doing that I've had no issues. [ Robert  Jul 22, 2018 ]
Not exactly sure about the stock program on your macbook but the latest versions of photoshop and lightroom will do the trick [ Emily  Jul 22, 2018 ]
According to Apple support, the photo app does support Nikon raw files from the D500. [ Steve  Jul 21, 2018 ]
Check the version of your camera raw to see if it includes thT camera [ Diana  Jul 21, 2018 ]
Yes it should, I use a MacBook Pro that is two years old, if you have trouble you may need to update a codex for the Photos program. [ Daniel  Jul 21, 2018 ]
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